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Your Child And Asbestos: Limiting Risk

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If you have children, they may be at greater risk of asbestos exposure than adults. Asbestos is a microscopic fiber that is released into the air by products containing certain ingredients. When the asbestos is breathed into the lungs, it can be deadly. And developing lungs exposed to asbestos can develop mesotheloma. Since children are more vulnerable to asbestos, you will need to be aware of the risks facing your child and how to limit your child to exposure.

Symptoms of Asbestos Exposure

Children exposed to asbestos may suffer from:

  • Shortness of breath
  • A productive cough
  • Abdominal swelling and pain
  • Fever
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Hoarseness
  • Anemia

The worst effects of asbestos usually appear within 30 to 45 years after your child has been exposed, so you will want to report these symptoms to your child's physician and explore asbestos abatement options.

Keep Your Children Away from Asbestos

Limit your child's exposure to areas that have an asbestos risk. Also, teach your children to avoid areas that have asbestos. Common locations in a home that might contain asbestos include areas with exposed insulation, siding, roofing, floor tiles and pipes. Also, if you know that an area nearby your home has soil that was contaminated with asbestos, make sure your children do not play near that area.

Beware of Certain Toys and Crayons

Some brands of crayons have been found to contain asbestos in the past. Before having your children color with crayons, make sure that the particular brand has been found to not contain asbestos. If you do discover that your child has crayons that contains asbestos, you will not only need to eliminate the crayons, but you should also throw away your kid's toys because they could also be contaminated.

Several children's toys have been tested for asbestos and have been found to be contaminated as well. Most of these toys were made in China and contain talc. Fortunately, there is a full report listing those toys that contained asbestos.

Have the Asbestos Removed

The only way for your child to be truly safe from asbestos is to have the asbestos-containing materials removed from your home. This should not be done by anyone other than professionals, such as those at IRS Environmental of WA Inc., whoa are trained to follow state laws and regulations involving asbestos removal. But before the asbestos is removed, you will need to be informed of where it is located so you can avoid engaging in renovation activities that could cause the asbestos fibers to be released into the air and become a threat to your children.